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DOJ Considering Special Counsel on Clinton Foundation

by Countable | 11.14.17

What’s the story?

The Justice Department announced that prosecutors are evaluating whether a special counsel should be appointed to investigate alleged ties between the Clinton Foundation and the sale of Uranium One.

As the New York Times explained, "the prosecutors would examine allegations that donations to the Clinton Foundation were tied to a 2010 decision by the Obama administration to allow a Russian nuclear agency to buy Uranium One, a company that owned access to uranium in the United States."

The deal was approved by several agencies, including the State Department, which at the time was led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The Justice Department has been under pressure from President Donald Trump to investigate "crooked Hillary" and the Uranium Ore deal. In a series of tweets on November 3, the President wrote:

Why does it matter?

During Watergate, President Richard Nixon used the Justice Department to investigate his political enemies; since then, as the New York Times explained, the DOJ "has largely operated independently of political influence on cases related to the president’s opponents."

There’s also the question of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who in March recused himself "from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way" to the 2016 presidential campaigns of Clinton and Trump.

In the letter sent to the House Judiciary Committee announcing the potential investigation, the assistant AG, Stephen Boyd, wrote:

"The attorney general has directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters … These senior prosecutors will report directly to the attorney general and the deputy attorney general, as appropriate, and will make recommendations as to whether any matters not currently under investigation should be opened … or merit the appointment of a special counsel."

But during Sessions’ testimony with the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, the AG pushed back on the need for a special counsel. The former Alabama senator told Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) that it would take a "a factual basis that meets the standard of a special counsel" for the DOJ to make such an appointment.

"We will use the proper standards and that’s the only thing I can tell you, Mr. Jordan," Sessions said. "You can have your idea but sometimes we have to study what the facts are and to evaluate whether it meets the standards it requires."

Sessions later added:

"I would say the Department of Justice can never be used to retaliate politically against opponents, and that would be wrong."

Still, some conservatives are excited by the possibility of an investigation into alleged misdeeds by Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.

"We cannot live in a world where just because Hillary Clinton lost an election she gets a de facto immunity deal," Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz told Fox Business Network on Tuesday. “We got exciting news last night that the Attorney General is open to appointing a special counsel to investigate."

What do you think?

Should a special counsel be formed to investigate allegations regarding the Clinton Foundation and the Uranium One deal? Or is it a case of the DOJ going after a president’s political opponents? Hit Take Action, tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

— Josh Herman

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  • M
    11/15/2017
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    I have no particular faith in the Clintons’ scruples, but it is an essential fixture of democracy that the winner of an election does not persecute the loser... especially if the loser is alleged to be involved in petty larceny while the winner is treasonous. Please deal with the real criminal(s) in the administration.

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  • Norjon
    11/15/2017
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    This is just another “look over there” from the Republicans. They are just trying to get focus off the many atrocities of this administration like the upcoming tax reform bill.

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  • NoHedges
    11/15/2017
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    Reality Check: Let’s focus on the current level of corruption and lack of any internal humanitarian focused legislation! Clinton lost, Obama is no longer is office, but the levels of corrupt government practices are increasing! Shall we discuss the latest round of “appointments” to start?

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  • Nancy
    11/15/2017
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    Utter disgust that our Congress would, yet again, undertake & waste taxpayer monies on what has all the appearances of a attack by a winning candidate on his opponent. What have we become under this administration - a third world banana republic? Sick of these partisan games. We all know this is nothing more than an attempt at a distraction from the true story - this administration's connections & workings with the Russian government to interfere in our elections. Every day we see fresh evidence of the depth of this administration's workings with the Russians. Do your work and get this unfit man out of office, quit playing games. Fed up.

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  • Patty
    11/15/2017
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    Stop wasting our tax dollars harassing The Clinton foundation.

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  • Michael.J.L
    11/15/2017
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    Trump is just trying to deflect the focus from the Russia investigation and to discredit Mueller so he can be fired. Also, Trump has no place calling Hillary Clinton crooked...he needs to take a good long look in the mirror.

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  • Eileen
    11/15/2017
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    Is it possible to waste more taxpayer money on the Clintons? Seriously?! They have been investigated for 20years! Nothing to see folks! Why not spent OUR hard earned money ( by real jobs) on HEALTHCARE FOR ALL! Or real tax reform, where the richest 2% cringe as much as the rest of us April 15! Stop being MORONS!

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  • Robert
    11/15/2017
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    In this world of half truths, flat out lies, denial, smoking mirrors and distractions like the what about movement needs to stop to prevent the demise of democracy in this country. It is time for an and American voter revolution, it is time to vote every one of these incompetent idiots regardless if they are Democrat or Republican out of office. It is time for the American voter to count and matter in this country, we cannot continue to run with less than 1% of the population controlling the politicians. We are supposed to be a democracy where the American people by majority vote get the representative that they deserve. Somewhere along the line greed has become a virtue and I don’t see how as a country we will be able to continue as a democracy when our politicians are bought and sold day in and day out.

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  • Maria
    11/15/2017
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    It’s about time no 2 tier justice system. Let’s investigate.

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  • Carla
    11/15/2017
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    A special counsel should investigate the alleged ties between the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One. I am tired of seeing politicians that we elect stand by and do nothing while laws of this country are being broken by people with status and money. Any lesser person would already have been punished.

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  • Ticktock
    11/15/2017
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    The real question here is how deep does the corruption go and if the FBI had so much information about bribery involving the sale in the Uranium One deal why did they not come forward to block the deal. After all Republicans controlled Congress and had the ability to block the deal if they chose which makes Congress at least as culpable as the Clintons. Right now Republicans are willing to ignore the influence of a hostel country, the same country involve in the Uranium One deal, influence in our 2016 election. They are attempting to deflect attention from an attack on our Democracy while the President and Congress institute an Autocracy. They are slowly, steadily eroding our liberties. Undermining the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Amendments. Trump has continually refused to abide by the strictures of the Constitution, has stated that he would like to control the press and now is directing the DOJ to investigate his political opponents. How long will Due Process last or Habeas corpus be part of the law in this environment? If we don’t pay attention Trump, his supporters and these Republicans in Congress will take our country from us. Politically incorrect will be just another term for those who are locked up because of their political opposition to Trump and this Congress.

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  • Ritch
    11/15/2017
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    The only way our republic gets better is if our leaders deal with corruption. The current administration is being investigated for its alleged wrong doing prior to holding office. This is appropriate given the accusations and level of credibility. The former administration turned a blind eye to the potentially illegal deals of their subordinates. That was wrong. If allegations are credible then they should be investigated regardless of which party is in power. If our public servants have done nothing wrong, the investigation will clear them. If they broke the law or had “moral lapses” we the people should know about it, and hopefully our next batch of leaders will be better behaved.

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  • Gabe
    11/15/2017
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    Someone broke the law, but they aren’t in office so it doesn’t matter... that has to be the weakest argument I have seen on here yet. Hillary Clinton belongs in jail, unless you Democrat air heads want a two tier judicial system an independent council needs to be set up. Dems set one up for Trump on lies, we have cold hard facts slapping us in the face and some of us are still focused on Trump-Russia. Which wow... still no evidence of collusion. Even after Papadopoulos went down, Mueller couldn’t get him to flip. Cause there’s nothing to get him to flip on. You people who want a Trump investigation but not a Hillary investigation are a huge problem in this country

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  • Laura
    11/15/2017
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    Haven’t you persecuted the Clinton’s enough. Over 25 years of investigations and nothing to write home about. How about concentrating on the corruption that is occurring right now. And please stop Trump, because this has his name all over it, not the DOJ! He’s a sore “winner” of the electoral college! This is something out of Putin’s manual as well! As a constituent, you will not get my vote if you agree to another investigation.

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  • Amy
    11/15/2017
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    This is one more distraction from Russia and this lying administration. DOJ is smoke and mirrors.

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  • Millie
    11/15/2017
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    This is nonsense, go after Trump and his swamp monsters. And do not let this tax reform nor the mandate on Obamacare go through. In fact, don’t let anything go through until they are out

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  • Holly
    11/15/2017
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    Leave the Clintons alone! It is time to focus on this totally screwed up administration and do the right thing for America. Impeach Trump NOW!

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  • D
    11/15/2017
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    This stuff about the Clinton foundation has been debunked over & over again! STOP wasting OUR time and money on your stupid vendetta! SOREST "winner" ever. It's obvious the REAL problems are with this illegitimate administration with an AG that has perjured himself more than once

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  • JTJ
    11/15/2017
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    There is rampant hypocrisy in the enforcement of law in regard to the elite in this country. It sickens me how democrats turn a blind eye when it's one of their own. They do not care about the law, only their twisted agenda.

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  • Claudia
    11/15/2017
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    Stop wasting time on Clinton.

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